CORONAVIRUS ON LONG ISLAND: Over 22K cases in Nassau, more than 19K in Suffolk; island’s death toll at 1,250

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April 11, 2020 - 2:57 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Coronavirus cases continue to climb on Long Island, with over 22,000 cases in Nassau and over 19,000 in Suffolk.

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According to state data, there were 22,584 cases in Nassau and 19,883 cases in Suffolk as of Saturday.

There have been 792 deaths in Nassau and 458 deaths in Suffolk—a total of at least 1,250 deaths on Long Island.

That’s out of 180,458 positive cases in New York state and 8,627 deaths statewide.

At a briefing Saturday, Nassau Executive Laura Curran said that the county had reported 69 more deaths of residents from Friday. Suffolk reported 44 new deaths.

Curran also addressed a controversy around the closure of the schools in the Tri-State.

Earlier in the day Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City schools would remain shuttered for the rest of the school year. Then at his daily briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that was the “mayor’s opinion” and it was ultimately the governor’s decision.

Cuomo said the decision would be made on a regional basis, something Curran echoed at her briefing.

“This has to be done in a regional manner,” Curran said. “It has to be done in a methodical manner. It has to be based on the data.”

“We’re not an island unto ourselves, our schools are not islands unto themselves, businesses are not islands unto themselves,” she said.

“So I support 100 percent, Gov. Cuomo’s regional approach. I know he’s talking to the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey to make sure we’re doing this in a methodical and regional way,” she said.

At his briefing, Cuomo said the state has been focusing on hotspots in New York City suburbs, particularly in Nassua and Suffolk in recent days.

"We have been working very hard in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland," the governor said. "So far we’ve had hotspots, but we’ve attacked them aggressively, and we believe that we have stabilized the situation upstate and in the suburbs."

Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone said Saturday there was some good news: last week the county had an average of 145 patients being hospitalized, while that number dropped to 35 patients this week.

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